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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How is Joseph Mesnil injured?
2. Paradis insists that he and the narrator leave the farmhouse before what happens?
3. How does Lamuse find Eudoxie's corpse?
4. How do the men respond when asked to describe life on the front?
5. How is the Marist brother killed?
Essay Topic 1
Lamuse is a unique character with strange, but internally consistent behavior. He is eccentric, but extremely loyal to his squad. Among the many normal men the narrator describes being drawn into the war, Lamuse learns to adapt well and demonstrates his strong character at many points in the novel.
Part 1) Describe Lamuse as a character. Who is he? Where does he come from? What is his appearance? What are his personality traits?
Part 2) The narrator often uses comparisons to various animals to describe Lamuse. Cite some of these examples and explain their purpose. What do these comparisons establish about Lamuse?
Part 3) Explain some of Lamuse's eccentricities and odd behavior, as well as some ways that he demonstrates his loyalty and dedication to the squad.
Essay Topic 2
Near the end of the novel, religious themes are discussed frequently and in a serious fashion. The narrator himself reveals little about his faith or lack thereof, but the things he experiences clearly cause him to begin thinking about such matters in more detail. The men at the refuge discuss this subject in great detail. Appropriately, they ask more questions than they answer.
Part 1) How are religious themes developed throughout the novel. Explain how these themes are first introduced, where they are discussed most thoroughly and how, if at all, they are resolved.
Part 2) Explain the narrator's personal progression in this regard, citing examples to show his changing state of mind and increasing interest in the subject. Citing information from the book, explain why these changes take place.
Part 2) Explain some of the opinions of the poilus and other soldiers about religion and God. Explain how these opinions are consonant with their experiences and other opinions expressed at other points in the novel.
Essay Topic 3
The machine gun is a feared weapon on the battlefield, and rightly so. Its effectiveness is seen in detail in the chapter "Under Fire," and the men discuss it on many occasions. It is the primary reason for the existence of trench warfare, and the cause of most of the misery on which the book centers. The machine gunners themselves represent an almost élite class in the army, being specially favored targets for retribution and looting, and receiving a variety of favors from their own side.
Part 1) Use information from the book to explain what a machine gun is and its impact on warfare in the time of the novel.
Part 2) Explain the men's perceptions and fears about machine guns. Cite specific examples to justify or disprove these perceptions.
Part 3) Discuss some of the ways that machine gunners are treated differently from other soldiers, both by their own forces and by the enemy. Why do these men receive this treatment?
This section contains 3,023 words
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